Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed a list of development plans for Kirkcudbright after years in the planning.
With the Kirkcudbright Charter now signed off, changes under it will include developing the town hall into an art gallery “of national significance”, redeveloping the former Johnston School as a community hub which could include medical and council services, opening the parish church for use by other community groups and disposal of unused buildings in the town with any profit going back into implementing the charter.
At a meeting of teh council’s policy and resources group this week, chairman and new council leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “One of the first visits I made as leader was to Kirkcudbright along with the area chair to meet with the people involved in the Kirkcudbright Charter. I wanted to see for myself the work that has been ongoing to support the charter.
“In the current climate, it is important for community partnerships to be established with local community groups to look at how we can best deliver local services to local people.”
Chairman of Stewartry Area Committee, Rob Davidson, said: “The report is the culmination of a great deal of work by the community. Kirkcudbright Community Trust has come up with a vision for the whole town which I am delighted the council has supported.
“The proposals that have been put forward present an innovative, creative and sensible approach for safeguarding the buildings for the future.”